Posts Tagged ‘make your own’

In Print!

December 10th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Here is my Make Recycled Necklaces project in print!

I was contacted by Family Fun Magazine this summer – and low and behold here is my little project in the December issue of the magazine. I have a lot to learn about working with magazines and such…. next time I need to try to get credited in print!

 

 

Make Hand Painted Tote Bags

October 22nd, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

This quick project has big results! It would be the perfect craft project for a big girls birthday party.

Blank tote bags can be found very cheap at most major craft stores or HERE.

All you need is masking tape, acrylic craft paint, brushes and of course your blank bag.

Lay tape in stripes across the front of your bag. Laying tape at angles will add to your design.

With your hand smooth and press tape firmly onto fabric for best adhesion. Paint your stripes in the spaces between the masking tape alternating colors.

Try not to apply any more paint than necessary.

Allow to dry for a few minutes and then carefully peel off your masking tape,

Revealing your fabulous new Hand Painted Striped Tote Bag!

Now I know you are excited to fill your new fabulous bag with stuff but do make sure to allow the paint to fully dry before using it!!

Kid Friendly Batik Scarf

June 7th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We are zooming to the end of the school year. For my boys that means moving on from preschool, exciting and scary!

This week we worked hard to come up with a unique and special thank you gift for their teachers – made by them.

Inspired by this tutorial, join us for our experiment in kid friendly batik.

For this project we used -

*2 yards of white Kona cotton, we cut the fabric lengthwise into four scarves. Next we pulled the first few strings from all four of the cut scarf edges, washed and dried them on hot. Pulling the strings from the edges and washing leaves your edges frayed but “finished”.

*Elmer’s Washable Gel Glue (Blue or Clear)

*Cheap Acrylic Craft Paint

*Saran Wrap – for protecting our work space

*Blow Dryer – for speeding up the dry time!

*Paint Brushes and Glass Paint Jars

After our scarves were washed and dried we lay them out flat on a layer of Saran wrap and the boys decorated them with Elmer’s Gel glue —

After the fabric is sufficiently glooped with lots of glue patterns you must let the glue dry overnight. We found that the glue tended to spread a lot so if you are attempting to make images or letters make sure to make them thin and large.

Next we made our “Fabric Stain” by taking about 1 teaspoon of craft acrylic and mixed it with about 1/2 cup of water – mixing well so that no clumps of paint remained. Your stain should to so thin as to have the consistency of water. For darker colors you should use more paint but for making scarves we want to ensure our fabric didn’t get too crunchy!

Liberally paint your fabric with your “fabric stain”, allowing it to soak all the way through your fabric. Ideally paint the entire scarf with color!

We then used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

After the scarves had completely dried we soaked them in cold water for 15 minutes and scrubbed out the gel glue.

next we popped them into the line to dry.

We love how our fabric came out!

Not the best shots (in my bathroom mirror) but here are our

Kid Made Batik Scarves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Angry Birds Shirts

April 29th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Sometimes I feel compelled to shut out the world of commercialized characters – I want to hide under a rock and shield my kids from having logo branded toothbrushes, lunch boxes, underwear, sneakers, hats, shirts, coloring books,Band-Aids, action figures, jackets and everything else.

It’s not that I am a complete partypooper (okay maybe I am) it’s just there is so much STUFF with, let’s say, a certain man turned spider on it. For lots of reasons all this STUFF starts to overwhelm me. I know that these comic book characters, video game characters, movie characters are really important to kids – they inspire, bond and excite them.  But this herd of merchandising is also a multi billion dollar machine that seeks to take over the hearts, minds and wallets of our wee lads and lasses. They compound stereo types, promote violence, gender conforming and commercialism – joy!

Unless you want to your kid be a walking advertisement where do you draw the line? I guess my tactic is to insert creativity into the mix a much as possible – I often talk to the kids about inventing our own superhero characters, we have fun drawing, bestowing powers and acting out the roles of our very own captain super people. I draw our own coloring pages with super kids for us to color. I have even wagged fingers at Grandma’s in my efforts to minimize super hero’s daily impact – sorry Mom!  I also try to turn their desires into craft projects – such as these Angry Bird inspired applique shirts.

Did I stay up late stitching these, yes – am I crazy YES. I could have said no, I could have bought them for $20 – but somehow somewhere in my mind it just seemed the right thing to do. The kids wanted Angry Birds shirts so being the dorky crafty Mom I am I said “Let’s make some”. They chose their favorite birds and we made a sketch together of what it should look like. They diligently colored their sketches. We then made a bigger pattern together that would completely cover the printing that was already on the shirt just like I did on this project. We gathered colored T-shirt scraps and cut out our pattern pieces. Next came the late night stitching! I must say I am quite smitten with stitching t-shirt scraps, the results are fantastic and the materials (unlike snazzy wool felts) are FREE. Again, many thanks to Natalie Chanin!

The kids are way psyched which is pretty cool too.

So much so that the very next day I was commissioned to make a ninja mask

Wherever you are in your battle of good and evil – may the crafty force be with you!

 

 

 

Make Recycled Necklaces

April 7th, 2012 by zoe 10 Comments

I made these cool necklaces with old washers from the tool bench, nail polish and brightly colored yarn. I spray painted the washers on both sides with an off white color as a base then added stripes and polka dots with colored nail polish. The brightly colored yarn scraps were a gift from my dear knitter friend and they come in handy all the time. Thanks Sara!

I think it’s a pretty fun project and any kid that is old enough to paint their own toenails could easily manage it quite easily provided they have some supervision and a super thick layer of newspaper on the work surface.

I love projects  made with stuff everyone has hanging around the house.

Small washers might even make for funky earrings!

 

Love Echo’s

February 15th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

I am trying to be more friendly in my everyday, you know – be nice to people.

Valentines Day got me thinking about bouncing love around, really getting love to echo. Like a boomerang, if you throw love out there it usually comes back to you!

Kid’s are so very good at that. They are able to arrive at a park, make new friends in two seconds. Watch those wee ones, they they wear those little hearts on their sleeves. Good stuff.

So get outta your cloud and bounce some love around!

Dont miss out on the little pockets of heart you can find and share in your everyday. Be your own Valentine, throw love out there because in the end it comes back to you.

Or, at the very least – smile more.

And that is my Valentines Day resolution!